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Birth:  17 Dec 1821, Woodbury, Litchfield Co., CT
Death:  1861, Sacramento, Sacramento Co., CA
Occupation:  merchant
Father:  Rev. Charles PRENTICE (1778-1863)
Mother:  Clarinda PARMALEE (c1782-)
Marriage:  23 Jun 1851, Litchfield Co., CT
Migration:  1853, to Sacramento, CA
Wife:  Clara STODDARD
Birth:  21 Jul 1820, West Cornwall, Litchfield Co., CT
Death:  aft. 1880
Father:  William STODDARD
Mother:  Clara WILLIS
born in CT, presumably in Litchfield Co., CT:
1.  Mary Alice PRENTICE, b. Apr 1852

born in CA, presumably in Sacramento, Sacramento Co., CA:
2.  Edwin H. "Ed" PRENTICE, b. 1854/5
3.  Charles W. and/or D. PRENTICE, b. 1856/7
4.  George W. PRENTICE, b. 1858/9 did George die young, or was he adopted?
5.  Clara Elizabeth PRENTICE, b. 1860 by 1870, adopted by Clara's sister, Elizabeth (STODDARD) HUNTINGTON


1.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service:  IGI - International Genealogical Index (online at FamilySearch.org).
Birth: 17 Dec 1821, Woodbury, Litchfield, Connecticut
Death: 1861
Father: Rev. Charles PRENTICE (1778-1863); Mother: Clarinda PARMALEE
Marriage: 23 Jun 1851; Spouse: Clara STODDARD

2.  1860 Census Index/Images (online at Genealogy.com; Image #70 of 118):  City of Sacramento (Ward 4), Sacramento Co., CA, Roll 63 (Book 1), p. 565, PN 279, 2331/2260, enumerated 10 Aug 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
E D Prentiss 32 M   Mcht   2500 Conn
Clara   " 30 F         "
Mary A  "  8 F         "
Ed H    "  5 M         Cal
Chas W  "  3 M         "
Geo W   "  1 M         "

3.  1870 Census Index/Images (online at Genealogy.com; Image #67 of 98 indexed as "Thomas Prentice" in what has to be a data entry mixup with the person two lines above her):  Sacramento P.O., Sacramento (Ward 2), Sacramento Co., CA, Roll 77 (Book 1), p. 239A, PN 67, 579/567, enumerated 12 Aug 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Prentice Clara 40 F W Keeping house   1600 Conn
________ Mary A 18 F W None     "
________ Edwin H 15 M W Attending School     Cal
________ Charles D 13 M W "     "
Scuppan John 30 M W Clerk in R.R. office 1000  200 NY
Hoffman William 30 M W Agt. for sewing Mach.    800 Penn
Jackson John 24 M W Printer    100 Maine
Hickley Robert 20 M W "     Cal
Higgold Arnold 31 M W Saloon keeper    300 Prussia
Jameson William 14 M W Attending School     Cal
_______ Mary 10 F W "     "
Elwagner Herman 28 M W Jewaller    200 Bavaria
Wilder Eda 30 F W Music teacher   3000 NY
Gurst Catharine 20 F W Dress Maker     Ohio

4a.  LDS.  Family Search: Census Records: 1880 United States (online at FamilySearch.org):
Census Place: 2nd Ward, Sacramento, Sacramento, California
Source: FHL Film #1254071; NARA Film #T9-0071; Pg 54D
  Relation Sex Marr Race Age Birthplace Occupation Fa Mo
Richard A. MAYER Self M M W 49 MA Painter MA MA
Jane H. MAYER Wife F M W 45 NH Keeping House ME NH
Sarah J. MAYER Dau F S W 26 MA At Home MA NH
Minnie A. MAYER Dau F S W 23 MA At Home MA NH
Clara PRENTICE Other F S W 50 NY Keeping House CT CT
Charles PRENTICE Other M S W 23 CA Carpenter CT NY
Corlis EMMONS Niece F S W 23 WV Clerk In Store CT CT
Elizabeth BIRD Other F S W 52 NY House Keeper NY NY
Catherine JONES Other F S W 28 IRE Servant IRE IRE
In addition to the gross error of making Corlis female and a niece (see next source), these two families were probably living in a duplex and appear to have no relationship to one another (again, see next source).  By combining them into one family, when there were clearly two, it makes it appear that Corlis is the "niece" of Richard MAYER, which he is not.  I guess it's a lesson that the LDS extraction can only be used as an index of course, for that purpose, it is an incredibly useful tool.

4b.  1880 Census Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #8 of 39):  310 M Street, Sacramento City (Ward 2), Sacramento Co., CA, p. 54D, PN 8, SD 2, ED 80, enumerated 4 Jun 1880, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1880 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1880:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
    1 2 3 4 5 6 8 9 10 13 24 25 26
* 310 61 63 Mayer Richard G W M 49     / Painter MA MA MA
      _____ Jane H W F 45 Wife   / Keeping House NH ME NH
      _____ Sarah J W F 26 Dau /   at home MA MA NH
      _____ Minnie A W F 23 Dau /   at home MA MA NH
    64 Prentice Clara W F 50       Keeping house NY CT CT
      ________ Charles W M 23 Son     Carpenter CA CT NY
      Emmons Corlis W M 23 Nephew     Clerk in Store WV CT CT
      Bird Elizabeth W F 52 House Keeper     House Keeper NY NY NY
      Jones Catharine W F 28 Servant     Servant Ire Ire Ire
*M Street
These are two different families; Corlis EMMONS is Clara's nephew, not Richard's.

4c.  LDS.  Family Search: Census Records: 1880 United States (online at FamilySearch.org):
Census Place: 8th Ward, San Francisco, San Francisco, California
Source: FHL Film #1254075; NARA Film #T9-0075; Pg 166D
  Relation Sex Marr Race Age Birthplace Occupation Fa Mo
Edwin H. PRENTICE Other M S W 26 CA Clerk In R. R. Office CT CT
One of many residents in a boarding house.

5.  WorldConnect / Ancestry World Trees (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com).

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